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Auschwitz - The Final Count 

by Michael Collins Piper 

A thought-provoking new anthology 
edited by English historian Vivian Bird casts 
stark new light on what really happened at 
Auschwitz during World War II. As the 
evidence shows, the official "facts" just don't 
add up. 

In the summer of 1997 I was invited to speak at a California 
college seminar about my book, Final Judgment, which contends that 
Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad, played a front-line role in the 
JFK assassination conspiracy alongside the CIA. Almost 
instantaneously I was hit by a media barrage orchestrated by the 
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B'nai B'rith, a lobby for Israel. 

The ADL told the press I was "a Holocaust denier" and, for that 
reason alone, I should not be allowed to discuss my book (which, 
incidentally, never once mentions the Holocaust). Evidently the ADL 
was determined to shift the focus away from what my book really 
does address, so they determined the best way to discredit me was to 
smear me as "a Holocaust denier" (which I am not). 

The ADL's tactic succeeded, setting off a firestorm of opposition- 
a "holocaust," so to speak-and the seminar was canceled, illustrating 
one point most clearly: The Holocaust has become a powerful 
propaganda tool for the state of Israel. 

And what is important to remember is this: What did-or did not- 
happen at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland is, in fact, 
integral to the foundation of the basic story of the Holocaust. 

Auschwitz is central to the Holocaust legend. If it can be proved 
that the official stories we have been told about Auschwitz are not 
true, the entire fabric of the Holocaust ultimately has to unravel. 
What, then, did happen at Auschwitz? 

On April 18, 1945, in the immediate aftermath of World War II, 
The New York Times reported that 4 million people died at 
Auschwitz. This "fact" was reported over and over again during the 
next half-century, without being questioned. 

However, on January 26, 1995, commemorating the 50th 
anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, both The Washington Post 
and The New York Times itself reported that the Polish authorities 
had determined that, at most, 1.5 million people (of all races and 
religions)-not "4 million"-died at Auschwitz of all causes, including 
natural causes. 

Yet this was not the first time this drastically reduced figure 
appeared in the major media. Almost five years previously, on July 
17, 1990, The Washington Times reprinted a brief article from The 
London Daily Telegraph. That article stated: 

Poland has cut its estimate of the number of people killed by the 
Nazis in the Auschwitz death camp from 4 million to just over 1 
million . . . The new study could rekindle the controversy over the 
scale of Hitler's "final solution" . . . 

Franciszek Piper, director of the historical committee of the 
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, said yesterday that, according to 
recent research, at least 1 .3 million people were deported to the camp, 
of whom about 223,000 survived. 

The 1.1 million victims included 960,000 Jews, between 70,000 
and 75,000 Poles, nearly all of the 23,000 Gypsies sent to the camp 
and 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war. 

Shmuel Krakowsky, head of research at Israel's Yad Vashem 
memorial for Jewish victims of the Holocaust, said the new Polish 
figures were correct: "The 4 million figure was let slip by Capt. 
Rudolf Hoess, the death camp's Nazi commander. Some have bought 
it, but it was exaggerated." . . . [P]laques commemorating the deaths 
of 4 million victims were removed from the Auschwitz museum 
earlier this month. 

This detail of history was intriguing, since, after all, history 
books had said for a generation that of the 6 million Jews who died 
during the Holocaust, 4 million died at Auschwitz alone. Thus, if the 
new facts were correct, the actual overall number of Jewish Holocaust 
victims had to be considerably less than the much-talked-about 
figure of 6 million. Put simply: subtract the former 4 million Jews 
dead at Auschwitz from the popular 6 million, and that leaves 2 
million Jews dead. Simple math-and a controversial conclusion 

More recently, Walter Reich, former director of the U.S. 
Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, jumped into the debate 
over Auschwitz. On September 8, 1998, The Washington Post 
published an article by Reich in which he addressed Jewish outrage 
over a group of elderly Polish nuns who wanted to place crosses in 
memory of Christians who died at Auschwitz. Reich was responding 
to what he described as a "well-meaning" August 31, 1998 editorial in 
The Post about the affair. 

Reich commented that the editorial "illustrates how old fictions 
about Auschwitz have been accepted as facts-fictions that have been 
used repeatedly to distort the camp's history." Evidently, the Post had 

forgotten its own report on the Auschwitz numbers that it had 
published three years previously and chose, instead, to repeat "old 
fictions . . . accepted as facts." What, then, were those "old fictions . . . 
accepted as facts"? Here's what Reich had to say: 

The Post identified Auschwitz-Birkenau as the death camp 
"where 3 million Jews and millions of others were murdered by the 
Nazis." Recent scholarship by a Polish historian has put the number 
of deaths there conservatively at about 1.1 million, with other 
estimates ranging to about 1.5 million. Approximately 90 percent of 
the dead were Jews. 

The Post's numbers may have been derived in part from the 
inflated estimate-originally of Soviet origin and endorsed by Polish 
authorities after the war-of about 4 million dead. This number, and 
other numbers of similar magnitude, were repeated so often that they 
came to be accepted by many as true, even though historians in 
Poland and elsewhere have revised this number down considerably. 

Honest people find no problem with Reich's call (in the essay) 
for "only words of accurate history" in reportage about Auschwitz. 
Today, a major first step toward "only words of accurate history" is 
the release of a new anthology on Auschwitz, assembled by English 
writer Vivian Bird. 

Auschwitz: The Final Count examines the "new" reports in the 
mainstream media (outlined above) and provides essential additional 
facts that must be considered in order for the full story of Auschwitz 
to finally be told. Bird's 109-page book is a compendium 
(supplemented with commentary by Bird) of four complete, 
previously published works relating to Auschwitz and the Holocaust. 

The book features a fascinating introduction by Bird exploring 
the little-known but thoroughly documented phenomenon in which 

the numbers of the official Auschwitz "death toll" have plummeted 
from a "high" of 9,000,000 dead to a rock bottom of 73,137 (of whom 
38,031 were Jews). And readers will note that of the 26 widely 
varying figures cited by Bird, all come from a variety of "responsible" 
and mainstream sources. No figure Bird cites comes from any source 
accused of "denying the Holocaust," whatever that means. 

Clearly, the number of people who died at Auschwitz is central 
to understanding what did happen there. But the figures keep 
changing. If Bird's book proves anything, it proves that. 

However, there's much more to Auschwitz than the changing 
numbers. The essays in Bird's volume each provide a uniquely 
different facet to the overall problem: 

* The Auschwitz Lie by Thies Christophersen is an insider's 
view of Auschwitz. The German author, an agrarian, was sent to 
Auschwitz, not as an inmate, but as a scientist researching the 
development of synthetic rubber. Working side by side with inmate 
staff, Christophersen saw, firsthand, day-to-day life at Auschwitz 
and, in postwar years, was astounded to hear the stories of "gassings" 
and all the tall tales that we today associate with Auschwitz. 

His essay, The Auschwitz Lie, first published in German in 1973, 
caused great consternation. However, Christophersen would not 
back down, and, as a consequence, he was variously fined or 
imprisoned for daring to tell his eyewitness account. Those 
accustomed to "docu-drama" renditions of Auschwitz will find a new 
perspective in Christophersen's report. 

* Zyklon B, Auschwitz, and the Trial of Dr. Bruno Tesch is the 
second feature in Bird's anthology. Written by a veteran chemist, the 
late Dr. William Lindsey, this is a carefully documented demolition 
of the war crimes trial of Dr. Tesch, who was ultimately convicted 

and hanged. The unfortunate Tesch was co-owner of a company 
which bought in bulk (from the manufacturers) and then supplied (as 
the middleman) to the German concentration camp authorities the 
now-infamous Zyklon B pesticide. 

Although we have been told Zyklon B was used to gas millions 
of Jews to death, Lindsey shows that the compound was used as an 
insecticide and disinfectant to delouse not only the Auschwitz 
inmates but also SS members running the camp and to fumigate their 
clothes, bunkhouses etc. Zyklon B, in short, was used to maintain and 
sustain human life-not to end it. Lindsey's essay examines the 
fraudulent evidence and testimony in the Tesch trial and eviscerates 
another critical element of not only the Auschwitz legend, but of the 
Holocaust story as a whole. 

* Inside the Auschwitz "Gas Chambers" is by Fred A. Leuchter, a 
spunky American engineer once known as perhaps the foremost U.S. 
authority on the mechanics of judicial execution. Leuchter describes 
how he conducted scientific experiments on the structures at 
Auschwitz that court historians say were used to exterminate vast 
numbers of people-the infamous gas chambers. Leuchter concluded 
no such gassings could have ever taken place as the official story 
describes. For daring to present his findings-the only known such 
study carried out at the gas chambers-Leuchter was relentlessly 
harassed. But his point was made. His findings cut right to the core of 
the matter of Auschwitz. 

* The final essay is Why Is "The Holocaust" Important? written 
by TBR publisher Willis A. Carto, who points out that the Holocaust 
has become a lucrative industry unto itself, used as a highly effective 
political tool to not only extort billions of German and American 
taxpayer dollars to Israel but also to force the United States to 
conduct its foreign policy in a fashion beneficial to Tel Aviv (and 

contrary to U.S. national interests). Carto's essay puts the Holocaust 
in perspective. 

Thus, there's clearly much more to the story of Auschwitz and 
the Holocaust than meets the eye. The facts assembled paint a 
perhaps much more interesting story about what really did happen. 

Bird's book will, in many ways, very much serve as the final 
judgment on Auschwitz. Auschwitz: The Final Count will outrage 
many-but as Bird puts it: "For those who care to investigate the facts- 
not the myths-about the events of World War II, this volume should 
put at least some of the major legends of the Holocaust to rest." 

Michael Collins Piper is the author of Final Judgment: The 
Missing Link in the JFK Assassination Conspiracy and Best Witness. 
He is a keen student of historical intrigue and hidden political 

Auschwitz: The Final Count, paperback, 109 pages, is available 
from the TBR Book Club for $12.95 plus $3 S&H; $6 S&H outside the 
U.S. TBR subscribers get 10% off. Send payment to TBR, 130 Third 
Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. 

www .barnesre vie w. or g/aushwitz .html 

Argument Boils About 
Numbers of Auschwitz Dead 

The Numbers Decline, the Controversy Increases 

It is past time for an international investigation conducted by 
truly impartial scientists, researchers and scholars into the reality of 
Auschwitz to properly and as accurately as possible bring history 
into accord with the facts. Peoples of all religions and persuasions 
have a right to such facts. So far, as the following data demonstrates, 
we are a long way from a consensus on the truth of what happened at 
Auschwitz in WWII. 


Source: Cited by the French documentary, Night and Fog, which 
has been shown to millions of school students worldwide. 


Source: The French War Crime Research Office, Doc. 31, 1945. 


Source: Also cited by the French War Crime Research Office. 


Source: Cited in the book Auschwitz Doctor by Miklos Nyiszli. 
It has since been proven that this book is a fraud and the "doctor" was 
never even at Auschwitz, even though the book is often cited by 

5,000,000 to 5,500,000 

Source: Cited in 1945 at the trial of Auschwitz commander 
Rudolf Hoss, based on his confession which was written in English, a 
language he never spoke. 


Source: Cited on April 20, 1978 by the French daily, Le Monde. 
Also cited on January 23, 1995 by the German daily Die Welt. By 
September 1, 1989, Le Monde reduced the figure to 1,433,000. 


Source: In 1945 this figure was cited by another witness at the 
aforementioned Hoss trial. 


Source: Cited by a Soviet document of May 6, 1945 and officially 
acknowledged by the Nuremberg War Crimes trial. This figure was 
also reported in The New York Times on April 18, 1945, although 50 
years later on January 26, 1995, The New York Times and The 
Washington Post slashed the figure to 1,500,000 citing new findings 
by the Auschwitz Museum officials. In fact, the figure of 4,000,000 
was later repudiated by the Auschwitz museum officials in 1990 but 
the figure of 1,500,000 victims was not formally announced by Polish 
President Lech Walesa until five years after the Auschwitz historians 
had first announced their discovery. 


Source: Cited in the 1991 edition of the Dictionary of the French 
Language and by Claude Lanzmann in 1980 in his introduction to 
Filip Muller's book, Three Years in an Auschwitz Gas Chamber. 


Source: Cited in a forced confession by Rudolf Hoss, the 
Auschwitz commander who said this was the number of those who 
had died at Auschwitz prior to Dec. 1, 1943. Later cited in the June 7, 
1993 issue of Heritage, the most widely read Jewish newspaper in 
California, even though three years previously the authorities at the 
Auschwitz museum had scaled down the figure to a minimum of 
1,100,000 and a maximum of 1,500,000. (see below). 


Source: Cited by Rudolf Vrba (an author of various fraudulent 
accounts of events he claims to have witnessed at Auschwitz) when 
he testified on July 16, 1981 for the Israeli government's war crimes 
trial of former SS official Adolf Eichmann. 


Source: Cited by Leon Poliakov (1951) writing in Harvest of 
Hate; Georges Wellers, writing in 1973 in The Yellow Star at the Time 
of Vichy; and Lucy Dawidowicz, writing in 1975 in The War Against 
the Jews. 

2,000,000 to 4,000,000 

Source: Cited by Yehuda Bauer in 1982 in his book, A History of 
the Holocaust. However, by 1989 Bauer revised his figure to 


Source: This is a 1989 revision by Yehuda Bauer of his earlier 
figure in 1982 of 2,000,000 to 4,000,000, Bauer cited this new figure on 

September 22, 1989 in The Jerusalem Post, at which time he wrote 
"The larger figures have been dismissed for years, except that it hasn't 
reached the public yet." 


Source: In 1995 this was the number of Auschwitz deaths 
announced by Polish President Lech Walesa as determined by those 
at the Auschwitz museum. This number was inscribed on the 
monument at the Auschwitz camp at that time, thereby "replacing" 
the earlier 4,000,000 figure that had been formally repudiated (and 
withdrawn from the monument) five years earlier in 1990. At that 
time, on July 17, 1990 The Washington Times reprinted a brief article 
from The London Daily Telegraph citing the "new" figure of 1,500,000 
that had been determined by the authorities at the Auschwitz 
museum. This new figure was reported two years later in a UPI 
report published in the New York Post on March 26, 1992. On 
January 26, 1995 both The Washington Post and The New York Times 
cited this 1,500,000 figure as the new "official" figure (citing the 
Auschwitz Museum authorities). 


Source: This is a 1983 figure cited by Georges Wellers who (as 
noted previously) had determined, writing in 1973, that some 
2,000,000 had died. 


Source: This figure was cited on September 1, 1989 by the French 
daily, Le Monde, which earlier, on April 20, 1978, had cited the figure 
at 4,000,000. 


Source: In the book, The Destruction of the European Jews, by 
Raul Hilberg (1985). 

1,100,000 to 1,500,000 

Source: Sources for this estimate are Yisrael Gutman and 
Michael Berenbaum in their 1984 book, Anatomy of the Auschwitz 
Death Camp. This estimate was later also cited by Walter Reich, 
former director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, writing in 
The Washington Post on September 8, 1998. The upper figure of 
1,500,000 is (the new) "official" figure as now inscribed at Auschwitz, 
with the earlier figure of 4,000,000 having been removed from the 
memorial at the site of the former concentration camp. 


Source: Jean-Claude Pressac, writing in his 1989 book 
Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers. This is 
interesting since he wrote his book to repudiate so-called "Holocaust 
deniers" who were called that precisely because they had questioned 
the numbers of those who had died at Auschwitz. 


Source: Reported on August 3, 1990 11, by Aufbau, a Jewish 
newspaper in New York. 

800,000 to 900,000 

Source: Reported by Gerald Reitlinger in his book, The Final 

775,000 to 800,000 

Source: Jean-Claude Pressac's revised figure, put forth in his 
1993 book, The Crematoria of Auschwitz: The Mass Murder's 
Machinery, scaling down his earlier claim of 1,000,000 dead. 

630,000 to 710,000 

Source: In 1994 Pressac scaled his figure down somewhat 
further; this is the figure cited in the German language translation of 
Pressac's 1993 book originally published in French. Again, this is 
substantially less than Pressac's 1989 figure of 1,000,000. 

135,000 to 140,000 

Source: This is an estimate based on documents held by the 
International Tracing Service of the Red Cross. It is known that 
International Tracing Service has a complete set of registration 
documents. This is thought to include a complete set of roll-call data 
which includes twice daily tallies of those who died. Although the 
International Tracing Service of the Red Cross has such records, they 
have never officially published an accurate count of those who died, 
or even an accurate report as to exactly which documents they hold. 
However, totals from these records have been obtained by various 
interested parties. 

The estimate of 135,500 is roughly corroborated by the 
"Auschwitz death books." The death books themselves are wartime 
German camp records, which were captured by the Soviets towards 
the end of the war, and hidden in Soviet achieves, until released to 
the Red Cross in 1989. 

The death books consist of 46 volumes which document each 
death at Auschwitz (each death certificate consists of the deceased 
person's full name, profession and religion, date and place of birth, 

pre- Auschwitz residence, parents' names, time of death, and cause of 
death as determined by a camp physician). The records for the most 
important years, 1942 and 1943, are almost complete (there are also a 
few volumes for the year 1941, but none for the year 1944 or January 
1945 (when Auschwitz was evacuated)). 

The Auschwitz death books contain the death certificates of 
some 69,000 individuals, of whom about 30,000 were listed as Jews. 
You may view various entries in the Auschwitz Death Books by 
clicking on the following links to the Auschwitz museum: 

Using all available wartime records from the various camps it 
has been estimated that between 400,000 and 

500,000 people died in the German concentration camp system 
(from all causes). 

The ever declining numbers of alleged dead at Auschwitz, are 
graphically illustrated by the plaques from the camp. 

The first is the plaque that was on display at the Auschwitz 
camp from 1948 until 1989 and states "4 million" victims. 

The second plaque currently on display at Auschwitz has the 
dramatically reduced number of victims, now only 1.5 million. 

A casual reduction in the number of deaths by some 2.5 million. 

Deaths at Auschwitz drop by a stunning 2.5 million, but the 
legendary 6,000,000 figure remains the same.